Meet the Team
Carrie Scrimshire, Executive Director
Carrie Scrimshire is the Executive Director of Gilead House in Novato, a fundamental program to inspire hope and empower homeless single moms and their children toward financial stability and independence. Carrie’s professional goal is to take Gilead House to the next level in the housing of families, both in increasing the number of locations and furthering education. She is an avid learner and believes every single person benefits by education and continuous learning.
Personally, Carrie loves to cook. Her passion is expanding her knowledge of healthy, fusion-style cooking with multi-cultural dishes such as French, Mexican, Spanish, Thai, Peruvian, Greek and Indian. No challenge is too difficult for her. She also loves animals. Saint Francis is her favorite saint because he looks out for and protects animals. One of her long-term goals is to design an animal sanctuary where abused and neglected animals can live out their days in a loving peaceful environment. A random fun fact about Carrie is she flew a small plane over two Hawaiian islands (Maui and Lanai) with no flight experience whatsoever.
She loves people, laughter, hard work and has a great sense of humor. Her personality is magnetic and she always finds the good in everyone.
CARLY HOJ, Development Manager
Carly Hoj has been part of the Gilead House family for nearly 15 years when she started babysitting GH kids in Highschool. It was her love for Gilead House that inspired her to get her degree in Sociology in the hopes that she could leverage her skills to serve the under served in Marin County. Many years later, in 2017, Carly returned to Gilead House in an administrative support position that eventually evolved to the Development Manager position that she now holds. As part of Development team, Carly works diligently to further donor support, volunteer engagement, and engage in local church partnerships.
On the weekends, Carly can often be found hiking, enjoying the beach, and serving as a worship leader at Marin Covenant Church.
Angelica Hernandez, Case Manager
Angelica Hernandez interned at Gilead House for 5 months as a Life Skills Instructor while completing her studies at Dominican University of California. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Clinical Counseling and Cognitive & Experimental Sciences, Angelica embarked her journey in the Social Work field as our Case Manager. Her position is to provide support to the families through setting goals, supplying resources, and connecting with potential families for our program.
With seeing both perspectives, Angelica falls deeply into her empathic viewpoint while advocating for education, tackling the stigma around mental health, and practicing goal-planning.
Oftentimes, you can find her lost in a novel, listening to podcasts, or analyzing various interests on the web. Angelica is an open-minded individual that is willing to expand her knowledge and enhance the lives of others.
Jenny Craig, Executive Assistant
Jenny Craig is the mom to 2 amazing sons. Jenny is local to Novato, a graduate of Novato High and College of Marin. She has also competed 200 hours of Yoga teaching at Red Dragon Yoga studio. Jenny believes her unique balance of education has helped her get through life.
Jenny loves to create, anything from organic cooking to sewing a new top to fixing the plumbing at Gilead House. Almost every weekend you will find Jenny and her sons enjoying the great outdoors, whether it is a bike ride, hiking, gardening, or coming up with a new organic juice or smoothie recipe.
Jenny strives to help single moms, her passion clearly aligns with the Gilead House mission. Jenny’s favorite quote is:
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. -C.S. Lewis
Board of Directors
TRACY HOFFMAN, President
Tracy brings over 35 years of expertise from the pharma/biotechnology sector drawing expertise from roles in global project management & drug development, marketing, and leadership development. In addition to Gilead House, Tracy is actively engaged with Guide Dogs for the Blind for which she socializes puppies and alongside her husband, David Grubb Jr., and their four daughters, are custodial parents for breeder Golden Retriever, Alfred.
Her journey toward nonprofit work was inspired by her passion to engage and build sustainable corporate, foundation, and individual partnerships essential in a thriving community with opportunities for all.
In her spare time, Tracy studies healing harp in San Francisco and cheering on her beloved Patriots and Red Sox.
MIKE SMYLIE, Treasurer
Mike has worked as an environmental consultant for over 40 years. After retiring, Mike committed himself to community service and volunteer activities. Mike volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation and research center. He also helps coach the boys' basketball team at Hamilton Middle School. In addition, Mike has served as the president and board chair of San Francisco Nature Education, which provides interactive environmental education programs that develop leadership and stewardship in underprivileged youth in San Francisco.
Mike and his wife Beth have lived in Marin County for almost 35 years.
KEELEY HOGAN, Vice-President
Keeley is a professional singer/songwriter, musician, and teacher as well as a proud Novato native. Before returning home ten years ago, she lived in Nashville and Los Angeles, where she attended Vanderbilt University and Musician’s Institute and released several independent records. Some highlights include performing at the Shoreline Amphitheater with the Zac Brown Band and seeing her original songs reach over 14 million listens on Spotify.
Keeley is owner/operator of 101 North Music and teaches piano and guitar out of her studio space in downtown Novato. She also volunteers as a coordinator for Children of Strength, a non-profit that empowers orphans living in Kenya, and is an active board member for the Rossi Family Foundation. She is a member of the worship team at Hillside Church in Corte Madera and spends her days raising two beautiful kids, Henry (2.5) and Mary Lou (5 months), with her sweet husband Jeremy.
Betty lives in Marin County and is a working Mom with a daughter in elementary school. Professionally she is a Managing Director for Principal Financial Group®
Betty grew up in Sacramento and matriculated at UC Berkeley where she was a leader in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. After graduating she continued to serve her alma mater as a board member of the California Alumni Association. She belongs to several organizations that support the growth of women in business and volunteerism in the community. When not working she enjoys all that Marin County has to offer including live performances, easy access to skiing, great schools and a sense of community.
ASHLEY DROEGE, Secretary
An Arizona Native, Ashley moved to the Bay Area in 2015 with her family, and eventually settled in Marin County. Ashley worked in technology program management for 15 years before leaving the workforce recently to focus more on her young family and work in the community. She was drawn to the mission of Gilead House immediately, and feels the opportunities for changing and enhancing the lives of women and children through its programs are boundless.
Ashley is an avid yogi, loves to cook, and explore parks, beaches, and nature throughout Marin with her husband and two extremely fun and energetic young kids. In addition to her work with Gilead House, Ashley is involved in programs that focus on getting kids outside, and exploring ways to enhance outdoor play spaces in underserved areas of Marin.
Alie first came to know and love Gilead House in 2012 as a volunteer. Alie was born and raised in Marin County and has spent her life developing relationships through work, her church community and other volunteer opportunities. Today, as a single mom to a wonderful daughter, she is given the privilege to bring forward a real-life single parent perspective to the board. Professionally, Alie is the Senior Sales Associate at Proco Insurance in Novato.
In addition to parenting, work and Gilead House, Alie is a youth group leader and social media manager for Marin Covenant Church. She enjoys every minute with her daughter Penelope, cooking, book club, trying out Bay Area restaurants and everything in between.